Jesus did not shun tax-collectors

Matthew 18:15-17 presents a piece of advice from Jesus that seems wise and constructive: If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take [Read More...]

The evangelical bubble cannot be sustained (part 2)

A standard line of argument for sex education says that if young people aren’t taught the actual facts of the facts of life, then they’ll just wind up learning about it “on the streets.” The idea there is that kids want the truth and they need and deserve to hear it. The desire to protect [Read More...]

The evangelical bubble cannot be sustained (part 1)

The following unrelated items are not unrelated: 1. Latebloomer, who writes at Past Tense, Present Progressive, tells a familiar story about being an inquisitive kid in the insular world of American fundamentalist Christianity: I was in the middle of writing a homeschool high school essay called “Why I Believe What I Believe,” and one of [Read More...]

P.S.: Please don’t eat the chimpanzee

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Surfing around for an image to enlist for the previous post on the story of Peter’s vision from Acts 10-11, I came across some rather odd bits of artwork. Like this one, for example, from a Sunday school curriculum illustrating the story. Acts 10 says Peter fell into a trance and: “saw the heaven opened [Read More...]

Slavery and same-sex marriage (cont’d.)

Stephen Prothero’s CNN op-ed from earlier this month titled “On gay marriage, Obama, Billy Graham and a tale of 2 Christianities” touches on some of the points in the previous post here. Prothero notes that the Rev. Billy Graham (or, at least, his children on his behalf) spoke out against marriage equality in North Carolina, [Read More...]

Slavery, seafood, sexuality and the Southern Bible

Do you see anything at all in that sheet about race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality? No, you do not. And that is why, despite what Peter says, his vision was only just God's way of telling him that it was OK to eat elephants, giraffes and snakes. Obviously.

I’ve written many times here about Peter’s vision of the treyf smorgasbord in the book of Acts (most recently here, and earlier here). I love that story, which is why I’ve linked to those chapters from Acts, reprinted them here, and summarized them many times. It’s a terrific story from the Christian Bible and I [Read More...]

Al Mohler says the apostle Peter was wrong and that’s why evangelicals should ‘focus on homosexuality’

According to the New Testament book of Acts, the apostle Peter was given a vision from God. The 10th chapter of Acts describes that vision. And in that chapter and the next, Peter himself explains what that vision meant. Southern Baptist enforcer R. Albert Mohler Jr. says that Peter was wrong. The vision from God, [Read More...]

The battle against the culture wars

Three smart people saying smart things about the “culture wars.” John Aravosis: “Mr. Cantor, your culture war is my life“ Brad Dayspring, the former spokesman for the number two Republican in the US House, Eric Cantor, had the following to say about President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage: “With the economy in stagnation and crippling [Read More...]


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